Project: Simplify: Wanna see a clean desk?

Well my goal was to post some progress Friday night, but it just didn’t happen. Sorry! So now that I’ve left you in suspense for an extra day or so, here’s the update!

My goals this week were to work on the paper clutter on the desk and the kitchen island, but really I have paper clutter all over the place and it was a little hard to focus. So I did end up collecting paper clutter from a few other places that were driving me nuts. Like this:

There were a few other things that gave me some challenges this week, like this cutie:

I did go through one big box of paper clutter. Check it out!

I decided to time myself to see how long it would take. It took me about 1 hr 30 min! And I really was trying to move quickly! But I did get stuck on at least one Christmas letter that I hadn’t read yet.

But here’s what it looked like after sorting.

Another issue I ran into was that my paper clutter had lots and lots of non-paper-clutter-friends, especially on the island and the desk, and I couldn’t stand dealing with just the paper clutter without dealing with the rest of it. It just seemed like it wouldn’t be as rewarding to me.

So I went to town.

On the desk.

I was trying to ask myself questions like:

Do we use this?

Do we love this?

Do we use/love this here in this spot?

Here’s the before:

Sorry the picture is kinda blurry! Moving along….

Here’s the after!!

Another before:

Another after!!!

You see that tan paper-organizer-thingy? My plan for now is that I will process mail right away and what doesn’t get recycled will go here with 3 categories: Elizabeth, Mr. RSS, and both. I think I just need to see how this goes for a little while and then we can revise as needed. I’m still working on the issue of processing school papers.

And by the way, I have spent $0.00 on this Project: Simplify stuff so far! I’ve just been using what I find around the house for my organizing! And on that same topic, I think my friend Kristen over at The Frugal Girl would also be proud to know that I used one of  my old T-shirts from cleaning out my closet and I made a rag (See Kristen’s post on T-shirt rags here) which I used to clean this desk! How cool is that?

What? You want one more after picture?

Oh, okay…

Now I do realize that there is much more to do on this paper clutter issue around here (I still have at least 3 boxes of paper clutter to go through, for example).  I will keep you updated on my progress!

 I’m linking up over at Simple Mom’s Project: Simplify: Paper Clutter Results, so head on over there if you like to see more paper clutter being banished.


16 Comments on “Project: Simplify: Wanna see a clean desk?”

  1. Woohoo! Good job, Elizabeth!

    I’m so glad you have a plan in place to work on the mail. I think that’s awesome.

  2. Kathee says:

    Proud of you! that is excellent! I did think you took on too much this week with the island AND the desk…. that desk is something to be excited about girl!
    We’ve been trying to hit some hot areas too… yesterday we cleaned out the garage that looked liked a tornado hit it! literally you couldn’t walk in it… had to just open the door and throw things! LOL… we got these bike stands at target on sale for $3.00 each, they are awesome! the garage is beautiful now, don’t have pix though. my next project is the laundry room/storage room and then our office. I will be super happy if we can get through those things in the next few weeks!

  3. Kimberly says:

    That is sooooo awesome, Elizabeth! It looks great! 😉

  4. Messy Wife says:

    You Are Amazing! That’s a lot of work done. Since you also have a little one with 2 older kids, I think I am gonna use my age as an excuse for my half done job…

    • Hey! You made progress for sure!! We have to celebrate the successes! And I’m no spring chicken, by the way! To give you a hint, I was of “advanced maternal age” with my youngest. Gotta love that. I just thought of myself as “advanced” and it sounded better. 😛

  5. That was a lot to tackle in one week! Amazing job.

  6. Abigail says:

    You are amazing! I’m totally inspired.

  7. Justine says:

    Wow! Amazing work! It must feel good to have such a streamlined workspace 😀

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  9. robbiekay says:

    You did an amazing job with that desk! I was actually surprised it only took you and hour and a half to get through that big tub of paper. Paper is the bane of my existence.

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